More Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Benchmarks

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Somehow Tom’s Hardware got their hands on a Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor. While from their opening statement it would seem as though Intel did not supply it to them but who knows. Here is what they put as a disclaimer at the top of their article.

Disclaimer: The following preview is based on an early engineering sample Core i7-4960X. Intel was not involved in the story, and was not asked for comment prior to its publication. In fact, starting with our Haswell preview, the company started a policy of excluding us from certain discussions. So yeah. There’s always more of that to look forward to.

Now on to the benchmarks!

Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E 3dMark11 Benchmark

Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge CPU 3DMark11

Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge CPU 3DMark11

Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Benchmarks

Tom’s Hardware did quite a few benchmarks on this pre-production processor, the results some could say are disappointing. Overall it looks like the Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E is going to be about 5% faster than Sandy Bridge-E based off all of the benchmarks. Now one area that the Intel 4960X Ivy Bridge-E does do alot better than its predecessor is energy consumption.

Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Power Benchmark

Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Power Benchmark

Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Power Benchmark

Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Power Benchmark

 

As you can see the i74770k and i7-3770k beat the i7-4960X in both test but considering how close it is and the Ivy Bridge-E chip has two more cores, it has gotten pretty impressive what Intel has been doing with power consumption and efficiency with their chips. In the end the Intel i7-4960X is faster than the i7-3970X and about 30% more efficient. While efficiency is the big number for this go around if you are looking at performance then you may want to wait until Haswell-E comes out about a year after Ivy Bridge-E launches. Also note that this was not a retail CPU so technically changes could be made that could give it better performance and we don’t know the full extent it is capable of.

Ivy Bridge-E vs Sandy Bridge-E

Core i7-4960X Core i7-4820K Core i7-3970X
Code Name Ivy Bridge-E Ivy Bridge-E Sandy Bridge-E
Base Clock Rate
3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.5 GHz
Maximum Turbo Boost 4 GHz GHz 3.9 GHz 4 GHz
PCI Express Link Speed 8 GT/s 8 GT/s 8 GT/s
TDP 130 W 130 W 150 W
Processor Cores 6 4 6
Shared L3 Cache 15 MB 10 MB 15 MB
Max. Memory Data Rate DDR3-1866 DDR3-1866 DDR3-1600
Processor Interface LGA 2011 LGA 2011 LGA 2011

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